ABOUT SMART DUBAI OFFICE
The Smart Dubai initiative is anchored in the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai the happiest city on earth. Led by Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai Office, this government entity was established to initiate and promote an efficient, seamless and impactful city experience. Collaborating with the private sector and government partners, dwp were tasked with the design of a flagship office in d3. The Smart Dubai team spends each day creating initiatives on how to make Dubai happier; our challenge was to create a happier working environment for the team. Client Testimonial: “dwp did an outstanding job and built a space that reflects our identity and our mission to make Dubai the happiest city on the planet. Our facilities overwhelmingly rely on organic material. This reduces our carbon footprint and reflects our core principle of sustainable, environmentally friendly development.”
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Innovation and / or Adaptive Re-Use:
Efficient working triggered the un-manned reception concept, from which we developed a virtual reception. Greated by a welcome note on a large LED screen, visitors will interact with the virtual reception by entering their name and selecting the person they are visiting. The member of staff will be immediately notified by sms and the visitor will then be directed, on screen, to the relevant meeting space, the desert oasis, or asked to wait a moment to be greeted.
Aesthetic Value & Functionality:
Part of the clients brief was for the design to hold a story and have meaning, for us not to create something just because it looked nice. The concept story, draws inspiration from the shifting sands to create organic forms, while emphasising movement and fluidity through the office space. The desert oasis, aka the coffee bar is purposely placed on the side where the sun rises. The main meeting spaces along the ‘meandering creek’ to promote traditional concept and the coming together of people and ideas. The colour palette is neutral with pops of “Smart Dubai” blue, the use of natural materials and colours is strong and accompanies by pockets of live and artificial landscaping. The plants were specifically chosen for their added value to the environment, for example the “spathiphyllum lilies” act as a natural air purifier.
Manufacturing Efficiency & Sustainability:
LEED was a requirement for Smart Dubai, project aim is to achieve LEED Gold certification is currently being processed. dwp considered LEED in every step of the design process & material selection, by considering cradle to cradle products and certified materials. Light sensors turn lights on only in spaces / routes that are being used and only at certain times, when natural light level is lower. CO2 sensors monitor the level of airflow within the meeting rooms, automatically increasing airflow only when levels drop within a meeting, in turn creating the best environment for an efficient meeting.
Benefit to the Client:
“We are an organisation that thrives on innovation and creativity... With that in mind, we sought an office design that not only reflects this important trait of our corporate culture but also inspires our employees to use their imagination and come up with breakthrough solutions, programmes, and initiatives. This is why we opted for open spaces and designs inspired by nature; our interiors rely on earth tones and shapes which evoke the sand dunes that characterise our country’s natural landscape, in addition to green spaces that provide a calming and stimulating environment.” “dwp did an outstanding job and built a space that reflects our identity and mission to make Dubai the happiest city on the planet. Our facilities overwhelmingly rely on organic material, including wood and rope. This reduces our carbon footprint and reflects our core principle of sustainable, environmentally friendly development.”
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